Over 40 managers representing 23 retail foodservice operations helped the Food Safety Project Team “roll out” a SafeFood© Motivation Toolkit on October 26, 2010 at the Memorial Union of the Iowa State University Campus.
These managers are responsible for the safety of food served in their operations. Operations from most types of foodservices were included: restaurants, schools, assisted living, hospitals, catering and childcare. These all serve at risk audiences, those individuals who are most susceptible to food borne illness. Attendees wanted to learn about how they, in their roles as the person in charge, instill a culture of food safety.
The Toolkit development was funded through a USDA grant (2009-51110-20144) led by Susan Arendt, faculty member in Apparel, Educational Studies, and Hospitality Management. Other team members included Catherine Strohbehn, HRIM Extension Specialist, Janell Meyer, Project Coordinator, and two graduate students: Ungku Fatimah Ungku Zainal Abidin and Jinhyun Jun.
Two methods of delivery were used in the training: face to face and online. Both forms of the modules are available. SafeFood© Motivators - Your Motivation Toolkit is available online and hard copies can be ordered from the Food Safety Project Office by completing the order form.
The Toolkit was developed as a result of input from industry managers and employees via national surveys and focus groups. Similar themes related to “Communication” and “Recognition and Discipline” were identified by both groups of retail foodservice workers as motivators to practicing safe food handling. To aid supervisors and managers in establishing a culture of food safety, helping them to “walk the talk”, two narrated power point presentations, a recipe for developing standard operating procedures and examples of these, case studies and pre/post individual assessments were developed and packaged into the Toolkit.
Participants at the training were very positive about the usefulness of the information – 95% or more said it was a valuable use of their time and over 90% said they would be inclined to use the Toolkit in either hard copy or online format.